As Donald Trump's presidency enters the back nine of its first year, critics are still railing against the prospect of his “big, beautiful wall” — especially since, by all appearances, he still seems determined to build it.
In order to make sure that individual cities did not try to circumvent the wall by shielding illegal immigrants, President Trump also announced that he planned to hold back any funding he could from “sanctuary cities.”
And although some chose to abandon sanctuary city status, others doubled down.
The New York Times recently published an editorial detailing what it would mean for a state — specifically California — to be a “sanctuary state”:
For months, lawmakers in Sacramento have debated what it would mean for California to become a “sanctuary state,” with strict regulations over how much law enforcement agencies could do to help federal immigration authorities. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown and Kevin de León, the Democratic leader of the state Senate who introduced the legislation, reached an agreement that seemed to appease both supporters and critics.
The compromise bill prohibits law enforcement agents from asking about a person’s immigration status or participating in any program that uses them as immigration agents.
But then actor James Woods took it upon himself to share his own translation of the article's premise:
It means that the state will harbor criminals and will more likely be a magnet for underground terror cells... https://t.co/6OnrEGpl1X
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 12, 2017
And Woods was not alone in his assessment:
Sanctuary from law. Is no sanctuary.
— Lee Clarke (@DjSnapperDnB) September 12, 2017
This one thing needs to be understood...Mercy without Justice is Corruption. Those who support illegal immigration support corruption!
— Kelly Sonderegger (@ksondere) September 12, 2017
— Deplored Warrior (@TNeliton) September 12, 2017
— Grumpy (@MrGrumpyPants1) September 12, 2017
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